In case you havent heard, Im sorry to report this years performance of the Concord Players Winter Welcome, scheduled for December 7, has been cancelled. This is due to several circumstances that conspired against us, making the event too difficult to produce this year. Well miss what has become a much-loved tradition for the holidays. However, the good news is that there are plans afoot to put a committee together in the spring to work on this for next year, so that the directors, cast, and singers can be recruited well ahead of time, a rehearsal schedule worked out, and so that all of the work of organizing this doesnt fall on the shoulders of just a couple of people. If you are interested in being on this committee, contact Kate Henchman (369-7503) or Heddie Kent (369-2421). Ill put a reminder in the newsletter again this spring when the committee is being formed.
Heres a message from Shana Dirik: Nationals Update...The Road to Pennsylvania! After winning both the EMACT and Regional competition with last years entry of Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris, The Concord Players now have the distinct honor of representing New England at the AACT National Competition in Harrisburg, PA in June of 2001. As a result, we are proud to announce our first fund-raiser to help us on our way to Pennsylvania. The event is one not to be missed, and is a 1940s Radio Show to be performed on Saturday, January 20 by the Colonial Radio Players. It will be directed by Joe Zamparelli. Old time favorites such as Jack Benny and Whos on First will have us in stitches. Seating is limited to 200 people, on a first-come-first-served basis. The event promises to sell out quickly, so call Corinne Kinsman at the Concord Players number (978-369-2990) today and order your tickets before theyre all gone! Tables will seat 8 to 10 people, and can be reserved. The cost is $35 per person, which includes a dinner buffet, two drinks, and is for a great cause. Dont miss this one time event, which will be a night to remember! Please, lets all do our part and show our support for sending the Players to Harrisburg by getting our tickets early!
Speaking of the Radio Show fund-raiser, the next committee meeting for this will be at Shana Diriks house, 57 Lexington Drive, Acton, on Wednesday, Dec. 13 at 8:00. All help is appreciated; show up or call Shana at 978-635-1967 to become involved.
Heres exciting news - an anonymous donor has agreed to match up to $4,000 of money that we raise by March 31 to fund our trip to the AACT Nationals. We are very grateful, and hope it will help inspire you all to help us make our goal.
And while were on the subject of EMACT, as last seasons winners we are responsible for producing and staffing the upcoming years competition at Brandeis University over Memorial Day weekend. We need volunteers to usher, sell concessions, and oversee the green room, among other jobs. This weekend is a lot of fun, so consider helping out. E-mail Pat Morrow at email@example.com for more information.
A nominating committee is being formed to consider candidates for next years Concord Players Board and the Executive Committee. If you are interested in serving in any of these capacities, please call Jean Devine at 617-484-2802, or E-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We would like to thank Donald and Nancy Richardson, Susan Tucker, Sally Bull, and Anonymous for recent contributions that they have made to the Players. We would also like to express our appreciation for the continued support of the Players from the funds generated by the sale of the Our Town note cards at various local businesses.
The date of the Shakespeare Acting Workshop has been changed from January 13-14 to February 10-11, 2001, due to a conflict in the schedule of the teacher, Antonio Ocampo Guzman. Because 51 Walden is not available then, the workshop will be held in Clark Hall at the Hancock United Church of Christ, 1912 Mass Ave. in Lexington Center across from the Village Greene. Ample parking is in the rear. Further details will be announced later. Anyone wishing to register early can contact Dorothy Schecter at 978-369-3259 or E-mail email@example.com.
Heres a note from Claiborne
Dawes: How about a Show Bus to Niagara?? Bill and I spent
Oct. 3-5 at a theater seminar, part of the Shaw Festival in Niagara-on-the-Lake,
Ontario. Four plays: Lord of the Flies, The Matchmaker, She Loves
Me, and Shaws The Doctors Dilemma. Plus talks with cast
members, the Public Relations Director, the Production Coordinator
(think 12 plays in repertory, in 3 theatres, between April 1 & Nov.
11 !!), and others. Also tours of the prop (oh, Heddie!) and wardrobe
depts. Very good acting, wonderful staging. The small town is 55
minutes from Buffalo, right on Lake Ontario, a charming place: has
lots of fun shops, many b&bs and hotels, a golf course within walking
distance, plus several historic forts - and Niagara Falls is (are?)
20 minutes away. Fall is best time, I would think; town is quiet
then, colors are gorgeous. Sally
Bull and I would consider a Show Bus, or an Air Bus, if
enough people are interested. So call us, or phone the Shaw Festival
for more info. at 1-800-511-SHAW, or go to
Happy birthday and congratulations to Gladys Foreman, who has just celebrated her 85th birthday.
To get into the holiday spirit you might enjoy attending the Christmas concert presented by the Concord Madrigals on Sunday, Dec. 17 at 4:00 PM at the West Concord Union Church. Among the singers are Pat Kane, Kate Blair, Pamela Dritt, and Sara Ballard. The concert features Benjamin Brittens Ceremony of Carols, as well as music by Faure, Poulenc, Brahms, Purcell, and Mendelssohn, and a carol sing. Tickets are $8, $6 for students and seniors.
Thats this months news! Please send your news to me at: Sara Ballard, 34 Aurora Lane, Concord, MA 01742, or E-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org. The next newsletter deadline is December 26.